Every week, my mother walked from our home to a church in nearby town. She carried my baby sister while my three older siblings trailed behind her. People stopped to offer her a ride but she refused. She not only carried my sister, she carried the burden of performance. She felt like she had to prove her devotion to God.
One day, her cousin looked her in the eye and said, “You don’t have to earn God’s love. He already loves you. “
My mom found freedom when she laid down her burdens.
Now, we love babies at Shoreline. We love children. But we know some of us are walking into this new year carrying the wrong little bundle. We are carrying performance, worry, fear, pride, rejection and shame.
Could it be you?
Do you feel tired and worn out trying to manage the pain of the past? Are your arms burning, trembling under the weight of the load you carry?
This is a fresh new year! It’s time to lay your burden down!
Jesus came to bring freedom.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Lay down the burdens of 2014. Lay down the burdens of your past. Don’t carry them into 2015.
Hear God saying this to you today, “Give me your burden, your pain, your worry, your disappointment. Cast all your care on me.”
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7
You are God’s child. His son. His daughter. He cares deeply for you. Like a loving Father he waits to scoop you up in his strong arms.
Don’t carry your burdensome bundles. Let the baby born in a manger carry you.